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Your Breast Life Now

As young women who are diving into adulthood and trying to learn our way in this new phase of our lives, there are a few things that could fall by the wayside like thinking about our health. I know that eating right, exercising, and most things that concern health don’t cross my mind unless I really think about it.

1. Know Your Family History:
Knowing your family history can save your life not just when it comes to Breast Cancer but other illnesses as well. So don’t be afraid to ask your parents and grandparents about their medical history so you can discover what you need to be aware of.

Afterwards do some research on what you learned from your family members and become familiar with the symptoms and risk. The more that you know the better.

2. Visit the Doctor Regularly:
Starting at 20 women need to visit their gynecologist for annual examinations regularly. Talk to your doctor about any concerns that you have and share your medical history with them. During your appointments ask your doctor questions and be aware of how you’re doing. Also discuss with your doctor your family history and see if there are any measures that you can take to reduce your risk. Another great thing to do is get help on how to perform a self-examination of your breast and discuss and concerns you find regarding that.

3. Eat Healthy and Exercise:
Similar to what you’ve heard with any other illness, exercising and eating right reduces your risk. Even though we’re young, may not have any symptoms, or don’t have the time there are plenty of ways for us to be active. While we’re young we can set habits to exercise now so when we’re older it’s a habit that comes naturally.

Eating right also plays a big role in this because that determines how our body functions and acts. If you drink alcohol be aware of how much you drink each week because that does increase your risk. Just like what we learned in school, focus more on eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

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One Response to “Your Breast Life Now”

  1. On October 31, 2012 at 6:44 am Shanae responded with... #

    Great tips! I plan on printing this out and giving them to my sisters and friends. Breast Cancer runs on our Mom and Dad side of the family so I understand how important it is.

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